Fun and Educational Bike Rodeo Held at Standish Elementary

Amy Rich
Tami Bersano fits local children with new bicycle helmets. Bersano, who has been a Bike Rodeo volunteer for the past six years, was excited to bring 50 new helmets to give away.
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Clay Vallad, 9 of Standish, takes a test run around the bicycle skills courses. Vallad was happy to be the youngest volunteer at the event, educating his peers about bicycle safety.
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Area kids parked their bikes and gathered for instructions before the activities began.
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Weaving her way through a figure eight, Taylor Lobdell, 9 of Standish, completes another skills station at the Bike Rodeo.
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Arenac County Police officers were on site to help with bicycle inspections during the Bike Rodeo Saturday, May 07, 2011.
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A group of elementary school kids gather around Tami Bersano of St. Mary’s Field Neurosciences Institute to learn about brains and how to keep them safe using helmets.

A winding maze of orange cones and chalk likes covered the parking lot of Standish Elementary on Saturday, May 7. Numerous stations were set up for area kids to practice bicycle safety skills such as controlled stops, figure eights, weaving, and riding in a straight path. Attendees brought their bicycles for inspections and to run through the courses and also received a new helmet, a goody bag and healthy snacks free of charge. Drawings for new bicycles and a presentation on brain function and safety were also in the event's line up. A community service that has been around since the 1990's, the success of this year's Bike Rodeo points to many more fun and learning rodeos to come.


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